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Grant Ballot

Grant Ballot

Grant "Uiugaagruak" Ballot is an Iñupiaq elder from Selawik, Alaska. Born in 1941 to Bessie and Paul Ballot, Grant grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle where the family of thirteen children traveled to various seasonal camps to harvest the fish and wildlife and collect the resources they needed to survive. As a boy, Grant would go fishing, collect firewood, snare rabbits, and trap muskrat. He has memories of spending time up the Selawik and Ikkuiyiq River,s at Niliq, and at Nauyaqtuuq and Paakliq. He moved away from the area when he was fourteen years old to go to boarding school. Later, he married and had a family, and lived in Utqiaġvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow) before returning home to Selawik. Grant is a compassionate man who is interested in helping others and passing along his traditional Iñupiaq knowledge and stories to the younger generation.

Date of Birth:
Aug 18, 1941
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